- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 7, 2001

Biblical illiteracy
"The Bible is the unrivaled all-time best-selling book in the world, and Americans hold that book in high esteem.
"However, as pollster George Gallup points out, 'We revere the Bible, but we dont read it. This is, while general esteem of the Bible is high among Americans, knowledge of its basic content as well as the specific use of the Bible are on the decline… .
"This growing biblical illiteracy causes pastors to spend too much time explaining common Bible stories to parishioners rather than teaching what those stories mean for daily living… .
"Our early American leaders understood the benefits which resulted from knowing Gods word. Chief Justice John Jay therefore urged: 'The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the Word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and the next. Continue, therefore, to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts.
"Not only do we need to spend time in Gods word, we also need to make sure that our children do so as well; they are the leaders of the next generation and need to be firmly rooted and grounded in Gods word."
—from "Specific Bible Knowledge Declining," in the spring issue of the WallBuilder Report

Seriously 'N Sync

"It should be clear that [N Sync] is now writing lyrics more for itself instead of the limpid love songs that served as filler on its first two albums.
"On its new uptempo songs, N Sync took a more decidedly futuristic urban twist, sounding less like New Kids on the Block but uncannily like Destinys Child… .
"Anyone who saw the MTV 'Making of the Video episode about N Syncs 'Pop now knows that this is definitely no clean-cut band. If anything, N Sync is losing touch with its audiences needs, and 'Pop … may ultimately prove to be a case of pride before the fall, of Nero choreographing a lavish, beautiful and thoroughly entertaining dance as Rome burns around him."
—Neil Strauss, writing on "Bye Bye Bye To N Syncs Baby Bop Bubble Gum," Tuesday in the New York Times

Prissy Puritans

"The fuss over the Bush gals trying to buy booze with fake IDs has shed some interesting light on the current state of our morality. I did not know, for example, until these stories came out, that there is now nowhere in the United States that a person can buy alcoholic drinks before 21 years of age. This is amazing, when you think about it… .
"To see what I mean, consider the things we do let people do before age 21. We let them drive, vote, marry, enter into contracts, run up lines of credit, start businesses, buy shares, scuba dive, skydive, fight for their country, own firearms, declare themselves 'gay and have abortions without parental consent. In fact, we let them do anything at all. At age 18, Americans are adults … who may not buy a drink for three more years… .
"However did we get so … prissy? America used to be famous for drinking… .
"Americas 200-year cultural war between, on the one hand, the thin-lipped, snooping, prohibiting, intolerant rooters-out of heresy and impurity that arrived on the Mayflower, and on the other hand the wild, fighting, drinking, smoking, shooting … Scotch-Irish of the frontier has at last been won, by the Puritans. Sure, theyre puritanical about a whole different set of things nowadays — the 'A for 'adultery brand is now an 'R for 'racism or 'H for 'homophobia — but the prim, persecuting, purifying cast of thought is all too plain to see."
—John Derbyshire, writing on "The Demon Rum," Tuesday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

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